Neighbourhood plans for Chardstock, Yarcombe and Marsh will now form part of the Development Plan for East Devon

East Devon District Council’s Cabinet has resolved to formally ‘make’ the Chardstock Neighbourhood Plan and the Yarcombe and Marsh Neighbourhood Plan. The decision, which was made at a meeting on 6 September 2017, means that both Neighbourhood Plans will now become part of the East Devon Development Plan and will help inform decision making on future planning applications and development issues in their respective areas.

Cabinet also resolved that the council should write to the Neighbourhood Plan groups to congratulate them on all their hard work and to advise them that now the plans are ‘made’,  they will carry full weight in the planning decision making process.

Both Neighbourhood Plans have received the full support of their local communities, who voted resoundingly in favour of approval of the two plans at referendums held on 20 July 2017 in Chardstock and 27 July 2017 in Yarcombe.

At the Chardstock Neighbourhood Planning Referendum, 89% of the residents who cast a vote were in favour of the proposed plan. Overall turnout for the referendum was high with 353 residents (47%.of those eligible to vote) choosing to do so.

In Yarcombe, the turnout was slightly lower at 25%, with 105 people voting out of the 413 who were eligible, but of those who chose to vote, there was also a resounding majority of 84% voting in favour. 

In Chardstock and Yarcombe the Neighbourhood Plans were created by steering groups made up of members of the Parish Councils and individuals from the wider communities. Both steering groups worked over a number of years and engaged with their local communities to generate local policies and proposals that would meet their local needs and aspirations. 

The questions posed at the July referendums - to which voters said yes – were: “Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Chardstock to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” and “Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Yarcombe and Marsh to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Councillor Mark Williamson, East Devon District Council’s lead councillor for neighbourhood planning, said:

“I congratulate all involved in the production of the Chardstock and the Yarcombe and Marsh Neighbourhood Plans.  The plans have required a lot of dedicated hard work from the local communities and the contents of the plans reflect the commitment they show to protecting the special qualities of the two Parishes.  The plans gives a voice to the local communities on future development.”

More information about the Chardstock Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the East Devon website.

More information about the Yarcombe and Marsh Plan is available on the East Devon website.